June 6, 2012
Personal Note to the President of the United States, Monday, 6/4/2012
Dear President Obama,
I got the tweet from you the other day. Something or other about the election in Wisconsin. Honestly, my first reaction was, really? Your first comment on Tom Barrett in a tweet? I know Wisconsin only has 10 electoral votes, but democrats across the country have been watching and wondering where the love is for the grass roots of the party. Wisconsin put a lot on the line and there is barely any acknowledgement from the leader of the party.
When Bill Clinton came to Wisconsin, I was thinking, wow, President Obama must be busy. But for once, I have to say that Scott Walker was right when he wondered why you would come so close to Wisconsin and yet remain so far away. The hardworking folks in Wisconsin who have put lives and reputation on the line to protect their rights deserve more than 140 characters.
I don’t know who is going to win the Wisconsin recall. I just know how good it felt to have some old figures in the party come and advocate for the people. I just wish you could see how it would only give you the high ground in the debate if you would just take the political upper hand in this situation. The people of Wisconsin are correct to rise up and demand accountability from their elected officials. In an era where a few anonymous wealthy contributors can tip the playing field 25 to 1, you have a responsibility to get in and play hard for the team .
I don’t know the entire situation you face of course. It just seems though that by visiting the neighboring states at such a crucial time, you appear to be ‘nibbling at the edges’ and avoiding going for the goal. If you are going to face criticism, however, it is better to face it for doing the right thing.
Addendum, Tuesday 6/5/2012
The depressing results have come in and I’ve listened to the concessions and acceptances and the pundits analyses. I don’t blame you for not playing in the campaign. I do think GWB would have come into the fray had the shoe been on the other foot. Ah, but then comes back up the shoe metaphoric thing. It’s easy to see a coldness in the regard of the President toward the Unions of Wisconsin. I hope we don’t see a replay of the 2010 election where a dejected progressive electorate fails to turn out. I just think you missed an opportunity to fight the good fight and even if it was a loser, be on the correct side and help shine a spotlight on the truth.
Then again, maybe you have already decided that you cannot fight the mass of cash and media arrayed against you.
Still hoping for some change, fellow citizen, Joe Blunt